After a scratchy run through the middle of the season, the Swifts went on a run that secured their Soccer Shop Premiership status for another season. So Saturday’s match in Tauranga left both teams little to play for. As it turned out, the game was an open affair, with a plethora of chances created at both ends.

The Swifts opened the scoring through Hayden Turlington during the first half, before Tauranga equalised after half time. Matamata also hit the woodwork and saw two last ditch clearances by the home team’s defenders deny any further goals. At the other end, Swifts keeper Seamus Casey, was called on to make several important saves.

In a match of little real quality, a draw would have been an accurate result but the season’s final twist came more than five minutes into added time at the end. After a cheap Swifts turnover, Casey was left exposed, brought down the Tauranga attacker, was incorrectly sent off (he should have received a yellow card) then the hosts fired home from the penalty spot. Both the amount of added time and the red card brought back memories of negative incidents from earlier in the season, but thankfully this wasn’t season defining.


Date Time League Season
September 14, 2019 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2019


Southey Field
452 Devonport Road, Tauranga South, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Tauranga BC FC022Win
Matamata Swifts101Loss

Tauranga BC FC

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Seamus CaseyGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Adam HarrisDefender0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad West 18Midfielder0000
9Chris WalkerForward0000
10Andrew ClothierForward0000
19Hayden TurlingtonForward1000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
22Mike CandyDefender0000
23Anton Ganas 21Midfielder0000
18Hardy Rosas 7Forward0000
21Sam Hills 23Forward0000
 Total 1000